This applies to anyone who suffers from allergic asthma or hay fever. With just a few steps you can drastically reduce your chances of catching an allergy right in the confines of your home. Besides, these steps are not time-consuming neither too complicated – anyone can do them, all it takes is a little practice.
For The Bedroom
- For your bed and bedding, use dust-mite-proof covers. Also try and wash your blankets, pillowcases and sheets at least once a week in water that is heated to 130 F or 54 C. Do not forget to wash covers and comforters. Also if you use feathered bedding, wool or any synthetic material then have them replaced. Stick to cotton as much as you can.
- For your flooring do not use carpets. Instead rely on linoleum or hard flooring. If you use rugs then make sure they are easy to wash. If none of this is possible then prefer low-pile carpets and vacuum every week using a vacuum cleaner that uses HEPA or small-particle filters. Also, don’t forget to shampoo the carpet once every month.
- For blinds and curtains, wash them regularly if they are made from synthetic fabrics and/or plain cotton. For horizontal blinds with roller type shades, replace them periodically if they cannot be washed.
- Windows should be kept closed during pollen season, better to keep the air conditioner running all day. Do not forget to clean the sills and window frames of any mold or condensation and for those who live in cold climate, prefer using double paned windows.
- Try and keep all furnishings as clean as possible. The use of leather, metal, plastic or wood is better with furniture but avoid any upholstered work.
- Items that can clutter such as table top ornaments, knickknacks, magazines and books should be stored away. This includes any stuffed animals, games, children toy or such items.
- If you have pets, then never let them enter your bedroom. Bathe them at least once every week as this will reduce the dander they shed.
- The best thing you can do for yourself is to get an air filtration system preferably with HEPA filters. When you sleep keep the air filter pointed towards your head so you breath in clean air as you doze off.